Park Avenue Disaffiliation timeline.Below is a timeline of events in 2021 & 2022 for Park Avenue's disaffiliation from the UMC. Click on the links for more information.
Rev. Jimmy Towson gave a church-wide State of the UMC Address to the congregation during the Sunday School Hour.
- This address was filmed. Watch it or read the transcript.
- Shorter clips were taken of this video for quick reference:
Rev. Jimmy Towson & the Chair of Administrative Council gave a presentation and an update on the UMC at an Administrative Council Meeting.
- This meeting was filmed. Watch it or read the transcript.
August 19th – September 2ndThe Crossroads Survey was available online to members and regular attenders.Note: Due to the launch of the Global Methodist Church denomination and the delay of the vote on the Separation Protocol, sales have been suspended for the Crossroads Survey. Click here for a copy of the questions asked in Park Avenue's survey.
November 4thProtocol Study Team presentation to Administrative Council with vote to pursue disaffiliation.
November 23rdPhone conversation with District Superintendent Rev. Paula Lewis re: Park Avenue’s vote to pursue Conditional Disaffiliation
December 5thRev. Jimmy Towson and a member of the Protocol Study Team gave a church-wide address during the Sunday School hour sharing an update on the conditional disaffiliation process.
December 10thEmailed Bishop & DS Rev. Paula Lewis from Rev. Jimmy Towson with copy of Park Avenue’s Disaffiliation Resolution.
December 14thOfficial notification from Administrative Council Chair, Judge Richard Cowart to DS Rev. Paula Lewis of Park Avenue’s decision to pursue Conditional Disaffiliation.
January 10thLuncheon for senior adults presented by Rev. Jimmy Towson & key lay leader.
“Informal” Administrative Council Meeting with DS Rev. Paula Lewis per conference guidelines for disaffiliation.
February 24thSent a detailed email to the congregation explaining “why” and “why now” of disaffiliation. Included what would happen if we did or did not disaffiliate. An accompanying video update was included.
February 28th – March 9thConducted a church-wide 10 days of prayer and fasting which included daily worship services, called Talk. Listen. Move.
March 5thRev. Jimmy Towson gave a video update upon the announcement of General Conference being cancelled and the announcement of the launch of the Global Methodist Church. This was emailed to the congregation.
March 7thSent an email to members giving information on the upcoming disaffiliation vote. This included a brief FAQ + the ballot language.
March 8thEmailed members about day-of last-minute voting information we received from the DS’s Office.
Called Church Conference Vote on Disaffiliation
- Disaffiliation results were emailed to members